It’s that time of year to declare to the world (or to the those who happen to peruse this blog) exactly what my resolutions and goals are for this new year. Last year, I wrote two different resolution posts (one for this site and one for the POVWC site) to sort out what my goals were.
2017’s Resolutions Were:
1. Blog More
I have certainly achieved that goal. A tally of my blogging history:
~~~ 2015 = 20 posts
~~~ 2016 = 28 posts
~~~ 2017 = 62 posts
I’d like to keep this as a resolution so that I can keep improving on just how much blogging I do.
2. Join the Pontiac & Ottawa Valley Writers’ Circle (POVWC)
I have been enjoying this group more than I can properly convey. I’ve kept with this resolution and will continue with it.
3. Try to write fiction at least once a week.
I think I sort of achieved this goal at times. I can’t say that I wrote every week. I started back at work this year, so I had to learn to schedule life with the hour and ten minute (each way) commute, so I lost a lot of writing time there. I did, however, write quite a bit and produce a number of new works of fiction through my involvement with the POVWC.
4. Try to send writing out to at least one publisher or magazine each month.
I did not even come close to this. I did send a lot of queries to agents and to one publisher. I queried 33 places and received a publishing contract with NineStar Press. I also made it onto the finalist list for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, so I am pleased with the work I did submit and with some of the results.
I think this is a tough resolution to move forward with. I think that I’d rather send a few great works of short fiction to literary magazines per year rather than mediocre pieces each month. It takes longer than a month to write, edit, seek feedback, workshop with the POVWC and then do final edits. This is a process that I’d like to stick by, so this resolution will not get a carry forward by me.
5. Engage with other writers in conversations about writing at least once per week.
Through my involvement with the POVWC, I definitely have this opportunity. It’s been really great. I will absolutely continue with this as I have reaped the benefits tenfold. THANK YOU WRITERS!!
2018 Resolutions Are:
- Write the first draft to my next novel
- Workout regularly
- Eat smart
- Create monthly goal lists to help keep me on track
Carry overs – essentially life goals:
- Continue with the POVWC
- Engage with writers